THE LINK BETWEEN “HISTORY” AND “PRESENT.”
History and present are linked. History, more the craft of history, is an effort to relay past occurrences to a present consumer. This means that the historian and the consumer are privy to the effects of a historical subject’s actions. A luxury not afforded the subject. To truly understand the past we need to understand the historical subject in their time, their present. In order to understand a historic person, or event, we should consider as much history as can be applied to the subject. Narratives are only valid when their historical components are fully contextualized. Modern history suffers from the acceptance and transmission of incomplete, selective, historical contextualization. History should inform ideas, ideas should not inform history. HISTORY PRESENT is my attempt to present history in a way mindful of these considerations.